The Ark of the Covenant is one of the most controversial and illustrious historical artifacts known to man. It has not been seen for millenniums; yet, it is the star of stage and screen, The thing that makes this 8x4x4 foot box so intriguing is the fact that God met his priests there. Wherever it was, he was. Israel used the Ark as a reminder of God’s presence with them and rightfully treated it with a level of reverence that meant life or death. The Bible recounts the sad story of the Israelite that touched the Ark to steady it from falling and immediately died. Clearly, this ornate chest was unlike any other artifact in the Israelite treasure trove. It led them into battle and notified the world that they were truly set apart.
After Christ’s resurrection, the Ark became obsolete. The amazing presence of God moved from the box into the hearts of those who accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. A simple prayer and commitment to allow him to be in relationship with us—allows the very presence of God to dwell within us. We have his love, his guidance and his comfort in our hearts—not simply in our camp. That is why it is critical that we follow him closely and allow him to transform us into the people we were designed to be. If he was willing to make the Ark so ornate and special—imagine the lengths he is willing to take to prepare us–his chosen. Thanks Lord, for making us the place you choose to dwell.
God Bless You
“Have them make an ark[b] of acacia wood—two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high.[c] 11 Overlay it with pure gold, both inside and out, and make a gold molding around it. 12 Cast four gold rings for it and fasten them to its four feet, with two rings on one side and two rings on the other. 13 Then make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. 14 Insert the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry it. 15 The poles are to remain in the rings of this ark; they are not to be removed. 16 Then put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law, which I will give you.
17 “Make an atonement cover of pure gold—two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide. 18 And make two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover. 19 Make one cherub on one end and the second cherub on the other; make the cherubim of one piece with the cover, at the two ends. 20 The cherubim are to have their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover with them. The cherubim are to face each other, looking toward the cover. 21 Place the cover on top of the ark and put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law that I will give you. 22 There, above the cover between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the covenant law, I will meet with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites.